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Posted: 05/27/19 06:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have been researching the Rockwood line up from Forest River and I'm pretty sure I will get something better than a Zinger. Something that would have been leaking since day one is not an RV that WILL leak one day. That is an RV that is already leaking water the day it came out the door.

Yes I fully understand that maintenance is key but there is a difference between buying a Hyundai and Audi. As the saying goes you get what you pay for

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gerpeters wrote:

I have been researching the Rockwood line up from Forest River and I'm pretty sure I will get something better than a Zinger. Something that would have been leaking since day one is not an RV that WILL leak one day. That is an RV that is already leaking water the day it came out the door.

Yes I fully understand that maintenance is key but there is a difference between buying a Hyundai and Audi. As the saying goes you get what you pay for


Well how about Airstreams?

They are not "cheap" by any means, an tiny Bambi (single axle) WILL set you back a cool $35K NEW and larger ones well above $130K NEW..

See HERE

BUT, they too LEAK AND ROT.

You are only fooling yourself into thinking spending more will result in one not leaking or rotting.

Spend away and live in a dream world, I am out of here, nothing to see..

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink (you can however drown it with knowledge)..

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gerpeters wrote:

I have been researching the Rockwood line up from Forest River and I'm pretty sure I will get something better than a Zinger. Something that would have been leaking since day one is not an RV that WILL leak one day. That is an RV that is already leaking water the day it came out the door.

Yes I fully understand that maintenance is key but there is a difference between buying a Hyundai and Audi. As the saying goes you get what you pay for


Rockwood / Flagstaff can build some decent stuff, but they can also pump out some garbage. If you search in depth at Forest River forums you can het some good info. You just have to weed out the Forest River Kool Aid drinkers on that site who chastise everyone, even more so new members, and contend every little issue is the purchasers fault as Forest River does no wrong in their eyes. They have quite a few of those drinkers including some of the moderators.

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OP, you are getting some sound comments, but I understand what you are saying and believe you are on the right track. Just add a few of the other suggestions to your requirements.

Our first was an entry level TT and we then moved to a Surveyor because it was 6 sided aluminum. It still wasn't anything to be prideful of, but it was a very clear step in the right direction! Nothing broke in the hundreds of nights we used it.

I used price point to help me shop. By that, I mean find the middle price for trailers of the length you want. You almost always get what you pay for, and manufacturers have to justify why they are asking what they are. For instance, our Surveyor was about $22k while a comparable in an entry level was about $15k. It was very easy to find the $7k extra once I got to know the trailer. I began to recognize that sometimes more money translates to better value.

You'll figure this out. Keep educating yourself and try not to make a move until you do.


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I posted here to educate myself. I appreciate all the good info. Thank you!

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GrandpaKip wrote:

I believe older Camp-Lites were all aluminum, no wood at all.


Correct. The Camplites are constructed of all aluminum framing, including a welded aluminum frame to include even the cabinetry, as well as an aluminum "chassis". On models prior to 2016 (I believe) the roof is aluminum. My Camplite is a 2013 and has been a really nice and reliable camper so far. It is a huge shame Thor killed it.


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Posted: 05/28/19 01:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Olivers have an aluminum running frame and no framing in the walls or roof. Bigfoot has a steel frame and no framing in the walls and roof. Neither has a roof membrane, nor seams, nor seam caulking. They are as close to a no-leak roof as you can get.

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